Agricultural unrest and the Swing Riots in Southern England 1830-32 + BAM

The Swing Riots 1830 – 1832 – the last mass rising of agricultural workers

The Swing disturbances began in 1830 and swiftly spread across the counties of southern England. The unrest was marked by attacks of arson against farmers and others, by the breaking of threshing machines, the sending of anonymous letters, marches demanding higher wages and relief, and the exaction of customary “doles”. The Swing Riots  reflect the resentment felt by agricultural labourers and their desire for vengeance against local landed interests, notably their employers and those who controlled the vestries and made parish poor law decisions. The attacks struck at the very roots of social cohesion.  The trauma and sense of insecurity produced by the riots affected both central and local government.

Following the talk, there will be a brief Branch Annual Meeting (BAM) for which you are welcome to stay. Papers will be circulated to attendees shortly before the meeting.

This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event. 

To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting.  The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact .


Tue 28 May


Zoom doors open 19:15
19:30 - 21:30


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  • Dr Judith Hill
    Dr Judith Hill
    A freelance lecturer and researcher

    Based in Surrey, Judy taught history at the University of Surrey now a freelance lecturer and researcher. Gives lectures to many groups including FFHS, Institute of Genealogists, history societies, Probus, NT and university groups.